lout

1
[ lout ]
/ laʊt /

noun

an awkward, stupid person; clumsy, ill-mannered boor; oaf.

verb (used with object)

to flout; treat with contempt; scorn.

Nearby words

  1. louse up,
  2. louser,
  3. lousewort,
  4. lousy,
  5. lousy with,
  6. louth,
  7. loutish,
  8. loutishly,
  9. loutrophoros,
  10. louvain

Origin of lout

1
First recorded in 1540–50; perhaps special use of lout2

lout

2
[ lout ]
/ laʊt /

verb (used with or without object)

to bend, stoop, or bow, especially in respect or courtesy.

Origin of lout

2
1250–1300; Middle English louten, Old English lūtan; cognate with Old Norse lūta; akin to little

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British Dictionary definitions for louted

lout

1
/ (laʊt) /

noun

a crude or oafish person; boor

Word Origin for lout

C16: perhaps from lout ²

lout

2
/ (laʊt) /

verb

(intr) archaic to bow or stoop

Word Origin for lout

Old English lūtan; related to Old Norse lūta

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Word Origin and History for louted

lout

n.

1540s, "awkward fellow, clown, bumpkin," perhaps from a dialectal survival of Middle English louten (v.) "bow down" (c.1300), from Old English lutan "bow low," from Proto-Germanic *lut- "to bow, bend, stoop" (cf. Old Norse lutr "stooping," which might also be the source of the modern English word), from PIE *leud- "to lurk" (cf. Gothic luton "to deceive," Old English lot "deceit), also "to be small" (see little). Non-Germanic cognates probably include Lithuanian liudeti "to mourn;" Old Church Slavonic luditi "to deceive," ludu "foolish." Sense of "cad" is first attested 1857 in British schoolboy slang.

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